X-rays inconclusive, so Orlando Hudson headed for CT scan on injured wrist

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Last night’s game-ending collision with Denard Span left Orlando Hudson with an injured wrist and X-rays taken afterward were inconclusive, so the veteran second baseman is now headed for a CT scan.
Hudson didn’t travel with the team to Seattle, so at the very least he seems unlikely to play in the four-game series against the Mariners and the Twins will hold their breath hoping he avoids a serious injury.
Signed to a one-year, $5 million contract this offseason Hudson has been a perfect fit for the Twins both offensively and defensively, sliding into the No. 2 spot in the batting order between Span and Joe Mauer while hitting .305 with a .377 on-base percentage and 26/20 K/BB ratio.
Minnesota got a combined .209 batting average and .302 OBP from second basemen last season, so the improvement from Hudson has been an underrated factor in the team’s strong start. Alexi Casilla will likely fill in until Hudson returns, although it’s possible the Twins could turn to Triple-A shortstop Trevor Plouffe at second base if Hudson heads to the disabled list.

Mariners to hire Tim Laker as their hitting coach

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Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners plan to hire Tim Laker as their new hitting coach. He’ll replace Edgar Martinez, who has moved into a different role with the club.

Laker has spent the past spent the past two years as the Arizona Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach. Before that he was a coach and manager in the minor league systems of the Indians and White Sox. He, of course, also spent 11 seasons in the Majors as a catcher, playing for the Indians, Expos, Devil Rays, Pirates and Orioles.